All the latest news on PS5 console restocks at retailers across the UK, including Argos, Game and John Lewis
It is now over a year since Sony’s latest games console, the Playstation 5, first arrived in the UK in November 2020. But supply problems and a worldwide chip shortage sparked by the pandemic have caused production to slow. New stock is still tricky to find, and when it does appear the PS5 sells out quickly.
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The situation has since improved though, and we have seen recent restocks at Very, AO, Argos, Asda and Littlewoods, plus a drop at Sony’s new PS Direct online store. There have also been several more restocks at Game.
We just hope this momentum can continue this Black Friday and as we head towards Cyber Monday and the Christmas shopping season.
If you’re still on the lookout for a PS5, you’ve come to the right place. Our liveblog is on hand to give you the latest insight on restocks from all major UK retailers, both online and in-store, as well as providing details on rumoured releases, plus the latest PS5 games and accessories to snap up.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
Why are games console stocks so low?
If you’re new to the PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X hunt, firstly, welcome to the dance and, secondly, you might be interested in my explainer below looking into the reasons behind this most frustrating phenomenon.
What is at the heart of it and when will the situation be resolved?
Sony’s in-demand games console dogged by semiconductor shortage since November launch
How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT
BT is giving its customers a helping hand when it comes to securing a PS5.
Instead of throwing open the virtual doors and dealing with a stampede like other retailers, BT sends out unique voucher codes to its customers.
If you are a BT TV customer, for example, or subscribe to BT Sport, you can apply to receive a PS5 voucher code.
These are emailed out sporadically and can be used to access a PS5 next time the BT store has a restock.
You still have to pay the regular price, of course, but this system is a neat way of rewarding BT customers and giving them a better chance of securing a console.
What’s the difference between the two models of PS5?
Sony sells two versions of the PS5. These are known as the disc edition and the digital edition. They have the same performance, design and technical specifications, but the digital edition does not have a disc drive.
This means games can only be played by downloading them and obviously there’s no way to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies.
The digital edition is also cheaper, at £359.99 compared to £449.99 for the disc edition.
How big is the PS5?
Not as strange a question as you might think, because the PS5 is massive. It’s often an easy joke to say how big the next generation of game consoles are, ever since the chunky original Xbox arrived, followed by the even bigger PS4.
But, while the Xbox series X is also rather large, it’s the PS5 that is least likely to fit under your television. The digital edition is slightly slimmer, due to not having a disc drive, but both consoles are equally tall when stood on end.
They are 390mm tall and 260mm deep, while the disc edition is 104mm thick and the digital edition is 92mm. Both consoles are intended to be stood upright, but also come with a plastic stand to help them rest on their side – likely the only way most buyers will fit the console under their TV.
Can you get a VPN on the PS5?
While Sony doesn’t allow any VPN apps like NordVPN or ExpressVPN to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store (VPNs aren’t supported on the platform at all), there’s still a way to use a VPN on the PS5 if you want to stream geo-restricted content.
We’d recommend getting a VPN which has the Smart DNS feature. It’s a service provided by a number of VPN firms, including NordVPN, allowing you to spoof your location on devices that don’t have VPN support.
You can read our round-up of the best VPNs for more information.
Can you play PS4 games on the PS5?
You sure can! The overwhelming majority of the PS4 games you own are playable on the PS5. You’ll be able to download any games you bought through the PlayStation store on your PS4 and play them on the next-gen console.
If you’ve got the disc edition of the PS5, you’ll also be able to insert your PS4 discs into it and play them that way, too.
Obviously, because there’s no physical disc slot on the digital edition of the console, you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you own.
We’ve compiled together a list of our favourite PS4 games, and most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.
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The best 4K TV for your new PS5
While we wait for the next PS5 restock, it’s time to think about upgrading your television.
The PS5 outputs video at 4K resolution and can even handle games running at 120 frames per second. That’s something not all TVs can manage, so if you want to see your new console running at its best, a new TV could be worthwhile.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best 4K TVs available right now, from manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic, among others. And the great news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great 4K television – prices of our favourites start at under £400.
Dave Phelan is our expert on hand.
Whether it’s 32 inch, 40 inch or 50 inch, we’ve found the best 4K TVs from Samsung, Song, LG, Panasonic and more
The best PS5 games for your new console
Congrats to anyone who has managed to lay their hands on a PS5 so far. If you have managed, you’re probably going to need some new games to go with it.
Handily, we’ve got a round-up of the best PS5 games for you to peruse.
In the bestselling Spider-Man: Miles Morales game (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced by his awkward teenage protégé, Miles Morales.
A next-generation spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the original’s formula,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with his powers.”
Meanwhile, Demon’s Souls (£57.99, Currys.co.uk) on PS5 is a showcase of what the new console is capable of.
“The oppressive gothic architecture, yawning arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on the new hardware, while remaining faultlessly faithful to the aesthetic and vibe of the original game,” our tester said.
The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021
Retailers have been cutting prices well in advance of today on all manner of stock. As ever, technology and gaming are hot topics, with discounts to be found on consoles, games, accessories and more. The IndyBest team will be with you every step of the way, highlighting the best deals from across the web.
Gaming deals this Black Friday are up for grabs far and wide, from specialists like Game and ShopTo, as well as general retailers like Amazon, Very, Argos, Currys and more. We can’t promise discounts on the still-tricky-to-find Xbox series X and PlayStation 5, nor the Nintendo Switch OLED – which we have recently reviewed – but you can definitely expect to see money off games, accessories, other consoles and digital services.
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